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Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This seminar introduces to the comparative analysis of constitutional justice. By focusing on the power the judges are granted when they are able to quash the actions of political majorities in the name of the constitution, it tries and understand the emergence of a new form of polity. Who exercises constitutional review, how and with what normative effects for the protection of fundamental rights and with what consequences for the traditional understanding of the separation of powers are among the questions that are addressed. As well as problems regarding the legitimacy of courts' intervention in major societal debates (bioethics, minority rights, etc.), methodological discussions concerning comparative law, classification, constitutional interpretation, the interactions between national constitutional courts and supranational courts, and the strategic analysis of law are considered.


TUSSEAU, Guillaume (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

Continuous assessment : 100 % of the final grade. Participation to the debates in the classroom + final paper (4,000 words).


Readings for each course.

Required reading

  • Pegoraro, éd. bilingue, trad. it. A. Morandini, Bologna, Bononia University Press, coll. « Ricerce di diritto comparato », 2009, 87 + p. 106
  • Brewer-Carias A.R., Judicial Review in Comparative Perspective, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 1989, xvii + p. 406
  • Corrado M. L., Comparative Constitutional Review. Cases and Materials, Durham (North Carolina), Carolina Academic Press, coll. "Comparative Law Series", 2005, xvii + p.243
  • De Visser M., Constitutional Review in Europe. A Comparative Analysis, Oxford, Portland, Hart, 2014, xiii + p. 484
  • Fernández Segado, La Justicia constitucional. Una visión de derecho comparado, Madrid, Dykinson, 3 Vol., 2009.

Additional required reading

  • Luchterhaudt O., Starck C., Weber A. (Hrsg.), Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in Mittel-und Osteuropa, 2. Bd., Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2007, p. 745
  • Pegoraro L., Giustizia costituzionale comparata, 2a ed., Torino, G. Giappichelli, coll. « Le frontiere del diritto », Quaderno n. 1, nuova serie, 2007, x + p. 262
  • Starck C., Weber A. (Hrsg.), Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in Westeuropa, 2. Bd., 2 Aufl
  • Baden-Baden, Nomos, « Studien und Materialien zur Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit », 2007, p. 1081
  • Tusseau G., Contre les « modèles » de justice constitutionnelle. Essai de critique méthodologique / Modelli di giustizia costituzionale. Saggio di critica metodologica, pref. L
  • Cappelletti M., Judicial Review in the Contemporary World, Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1971, xv + 117
  • Cappelletti M., Judicial Review in the Contemporary World, Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1971, xv + 117